2019 - ongoing
In collaboration with In4Art
We are all aging, but how do we want to age? And what do we need to age not only healthy, but also beautifully, feeling cherished and valued. Human life expectancy is increasing and this results in challenges related to healthy aging. In this project, Prosthetic X, we will show how health and wellbeing will be shaped in our machine-human era. It is focused on the aging process, and it aims at giving purpose, self-esteem and empowerment to the aging population. We will enhance the body and redefine the meaning and perception of the concept of beauty.
Prosthetic X (r)evolves around a platform, an artificial ‘aura’ organ that interferes with our headspace. It will accommodate various prosthetics (plug-ins) that will respond and adapt in real time to our inner health and social interactions. Non- invasive health tracking tools will give us insight into social, mental and physical health. It will empower empathy, celebrate knowledge and life experience by combatting the threat of loneliness, isolation and health conditions for an aging population.
The shadows of aging will fade away and unleash a new beauty ideal.
This project offers a (speculative) vision of how the body can achieve “optimum” beauty, combining scientific insights, technological possibilities and a discourse on aesthetic and ethical assumptions.
In Prosthetic X, we question how the future of the aging body can be shaped to improve the quality of life. It will be investigated on three levels:
1) Influence of social interaction; social interaction, social reach, conversation
2) Influence of external stimuli; UV, air quality, electromagnetic radiation
3) Influence of internal stimuli; blood pressure, heart rate, steps
Prosthetic X refers to a platform, which for now is called the artificial “data- aura” organ. This will be a technological organ that is strongly reminiscent of a natural organ, with prostheses that serve as aesthetic indicators for the functioning or non-functioning of the body.
We identified 9 locations related to aging to which the 9 prostheses can be connected. The prosthetics will be a series of body extensions that live, breathe, move and change colour, like the organs in our body. They change by responding to data retrieved from the 3 levels of analysis.
To create the prosthetics, experiments will be conducted with smart materials, breathable membranes, kinetic structures, light-sensitive inks and materials, heat-sensitive inks and materials, air-moving materials, liquids and other non-invasive techniques like health tracking devices.
To really empower, enhance relationships and show new opportunities of interaction with the Prosthetic X, collaborations will be key. At the moment, we are reaching out to scientific, technological and also presentation partners to enrich the project, experiment and create awareness and opportunities to demonstrate the concept and interact with various audiences and stakeholders.
This project is in collaboration with In4Art.
Image by Fenna de Jong
Image by Fenna de Jong